Every year I look forward to the arrival of the St George Open Air Cinema, and I am not the only one. Pre-sales for tickets sell out well in advance of opening night, and those in the know secure their tickets early, or rather late in 2011.
This is not your run of the mill open air cinema (sorry Moonlight Cinema). Situated at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, the cinema offers spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. The movie screen literally rises up out of Sydney Harbour! And, don’t expect to bring a bean bag and a picnic basket – this cinema has stadium seating and it’s own bars and restaurants.
You need to arrive early. Guests line the pathway for up to an hour prior to the entry gate opening time of 6.15pm. Take a tip from some of the seasoned movie-goers I spied last year – bring an esky, a bottle of Champagne (or two) and some fold up chairs, and revel in the enviable glances you’ll receive from those poor less prepared people (that was me) in line!
Once the gates are opened, you are given your ‘seat holder’ which you place on your chosen stadium seat. You are then free to saunter off to eat, drink and watch the sun go down. You return to your seat as the movie starts, about 8.30pm.
‘So, how do I get a ticket?’ I hear you ask.
Well, at the risk of lessening my own chance of securing these highly prized tickets, I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Join their mailing list, and they’ll let you know when a limited number of extra tickets are released. You have to act fast, but it’s the only way. There are also a limited number of tickets sold at the door each night, but that’s a risky move, if you ask me. Failing that, maybe one of your friends was sensible enough to snap up pre-sale tickets. Beg, borrow or steel if you have to. It’s worth it.
Have you checked out the St George Open Air Cinema?
Mrs Macquaries Point, 11 January – 18 February 2012